THE NCAA Season 94 has given fans some of the most memorable individual performances the league has seen from the first week up until the last.
That means fans can buckle up for another tight race in the individual awards that will be given in Game Two of the championship match between San Beda and Lyceum.
Since the formula of being named an awardee in the NCAA is pretty straightforward, SPIN.ph examines the numbers and looks at the most probable outcomes when it comes to individual plums.
Prince Eze beats CJ Perez in a tight race for the MVP
Perpetual coach Frankie Lim believes the race is all wrapped up for Eze and who could blame him? The graduating 6-foot-10 center out of Nigeria just came out with his most productive season yet under one of the most storied coaches in NCAA history.
The four-time NCAA champion coach was so sure of Eze winning the plum and he believes it’s not even close.
“Pag ito hindi naging MVP, parang nanalo yung pato sa sabungan,” Lim said.
A quick look at the numbers and it’s easy to understand why Lim feels this way.
Eze has been a monster underneath, to say the least, posting averages of 18.2 points, 16.5 rebounds, and 3.3 blocked shots in the elimination round while towing an unheralded Perpetual side back to the Final Four.
But it’s not as ‘comfortable’ as it seems for Eze.
The reigning MVP in Perez had a pretty good season too, with averages of 18.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, four assists and 3.3 steals.
Up until the final stretch of the second half, Perez has been the favorite to win it again – but three losses in the final stretch of the season – and some rare bad games for the prospective PBA top pick – might have just sealed the deal for Eze to become the first MVP out of Perpetual since a guy named Earl Scottie Thompson did the trick four years ago.
Bolick finally gets his award, Mocon steady as always.
Robert Bolick was a lock to win atleast a mythical five citation last season but an altercation with CSB’s Carlo Young changed all that – resulting into a suspension for Bolick and a disqualification for individual plums.
Bolick, who’s averaging 16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game, will be set to get his first individual award from the NCAA, long after his heroic performance for San Beda the past two finals and being named the Collegiate Player of the Year by reporters covering both the NCAA and the UAAP last season.
It’s a long time coming for Bolick who’ll finally get a chance to join his buddy in JV Mocon in the Mythical Five.
Mocon was awarded last season and it wouldn’t be a surprise for him to win again, given the averages of 12.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
The graduating forward has always been a model of consistency for coach Boyet Fernandez, and it’s only fitting for him to get one more before making the jump to the PBA.
Spotlight finally shines on Bong Quinto
Bong Quinto has always been one of the most underrated players in the NCAA and this year, he finally had his breakout which should ultimately result into a mythical team citation.
The 6-foot-3 banger became the first player since Scottie Thompson to post multiple triple-doubles after doing it four times this season – which certainly says a lot about his style of play.
Quinto wraps up his collegiate career leading the league in assists with 6.5 dimes a game, while ranking eighth in points at 15 a night while finishing 12th at rebounds with 7.9 boards a game.
It didn’t result into a return trip to the Finals for Quinto and Letran, but that doesn’t discredit what Quinto did this season.
He’s certainly one of the best players in college now and a citation before jumping to the pros proves just that.
'Big Boy’ Muyang is top rookie
The rookie of the year award of the NCAA is kind of tricky. Unlike the UAAP where only players straight out of high school are eligible for the award, the NCAA is way more lenient.
For as long as you’re a rookie in the league, then it makes you eligible, which means the race for the plum this year could be between three players who’ve had prior experience before the NCAA.
And leading that pack is Larry Muyang.
The transferee out of La Salle was a key addition for Letran this season, posting averages of 12.5 points on 63 percent shooting alongside nine boards – that, and a couple of win bonuses should put him in the pole for the top rookie award ahead of Perpetual’s Edgar Charcos and St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang.
Charcos, a transferee out of University of East, was a game changer for the Altas as well with averages 14.1 points and 5.2 assists a game.
Gutang, on the other hand, overcame a slow start to finish with averages of 13.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.